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declaring barack obama the declared winner in florida. that state finally finished counting all of the votes four days after the election. the win in the sunshine state gives the president a total of 332 electoral votes. governor romney at 206 electoral votes. this gives president obama 51% of the popular vote. mitt romney 48%. good afternoon. i'm craig melvin. you're watching msnbc, the place for politics. let's go straight to nbc news correspondent kerry sanders from miami. the election is finally put to rest. >> folks in florida have been wondering what is going on. the numbers show that the state did tilt to obama. he got 50% of the vote. romney took 49.1% of the vote. clearly, florida remains a battleground state. the question is, why did this take so long? part of the fact is that early voting was cut back by the republican governor rick scott. if you take a look at the newspaper here, this is the tampa bay times headlines. it says, no apology from scott. he went on to say, what i'm trying to do is improve the way government works. i believe in efficiency. i believe every vote has to c
florida has learned since. >>> ♪ and on this veteran's day, we look to the thousands of men and women who have served and we'll ask if their needs have been met over the past four years, and we'll look ahead to the next four years, you're watching msnbc, the place for politics. >>> earlier we saw president obama honoring our nation's veterans during the traditional laying of the wreath ceremony at the tomb of the unknown. one of several events being held to pause and commemorate veterans day, from the sight as and sounds of parades like this in new york city, to the sheer silence of families visiting grave sites at arlington cemetery. today we all pause to thank and remember. >>> were veterans' issues honored on the campaign trail? some say not enough. governor romney neglected to mention veterans or america's wars during his speech at the republican national convention and after president obama said he would continue to fight for veterans during his acceptance speech they were not very prominent for the rest of his campaign. joining me now is former democratic congressman patrick murphy,
van susteren. >>> hello, again. what a week in politics. with his victory in florida yesterday, president obama now has a sweep of the battlegrounds. 332 electoral votes. losing only indiana and north carolina from his 2008 total. the popular votes are still coming in. the president will come up about 8 million short of his 2008 tally. but, he's holding about 3 million advantage over mitt romney. we'll discuss how obama did and what's next for the gop and the governing challenges ahead? >>> but first, that friday afternoon bombshell. david petraeus resigns at the cia after the fbi uncovers his extramarital affair. pierre thomas is here with the latest. first came upon this several months ago. >> yes, it came to light after a woman in tampa tied to military got a peculiar, harassing e-mail. the woman was so concerned, she contacted the fbi, who, then, according to our sources, traced it back to paula broadwell, who wrote a book about petraeus. as the fbi continued to investigate, they discovered e-mails pointing to a romantic, sexual relationship between the two. early concerns
.o.p. route possible. grass roots conservatives helped elect senators marco rubio in florida. ted crews in texas and this time deb fisher in that nebraska senate race. where is the evidence that proabortion or pro-gam gay marriage or pro-amnesty but fiscally conservative candidates are are the solution to the g.o.p.'s problem? moderates like scott brown and charlie summers just lost their senate races in massachusetts and maine. both blue states. would their type of republic have won in conservative red states? of course not. until more liberal republicans start winning their races, why should they dictate the terms of a new g.o.p. agenda? yes, republics, of course they need to attract more single women and latinos. but pandering isn't the answer. good policy and good politics is. i don't think it's any harder to convince more hispanics or more single women irish catholics eye tannial immigrants new deal or jfk democrats become conservatives during the reagan area. if you believe like i do that social economic poes are the best hope for the nation. then aban dogging your positions to be
down together. >> all right. the latest recount in florida shows congressman allen west trailing his democratic challenger patrick murphy by nearly 2,000 votes. west, a tea party favorite, is trying to keep this seat representing florida's 18th congressional district. unofficial numbers posted on sunday evening on the florida secretary of state's website give murphy an edge, 166,257 to 164,353 for west. >>> all right. 2016 is a long way away, but florida senator marco rubio sure looked like a presidential candidate during a visit to iowa. rubio appeared saturday night at a big fund-raiser for iowa governor terry branstad. in his speech, rubio discussed the future of the republican party and issued a host -- and addressed a host of issues including tax reform, the national debt, energy and immigration policy. >> christine, you were in iowa giving a speech, as well, weren't you? did you run into each other? >> no, but they were all buzzing about how he was going to be there and democrats are saying look, here we go again. republicans are saying marco rubio. already in iowa they were ta
a threatening e-mails to all woman in florida who may also be going after david petraeus, and she sends these also through a gmail account. and now they are shocked that they got caught. this is dumb and dumber. >> colby, you have a military and national security experience. your thoughts on this? >> war is hell, and obviously it has taken its toll on some of our top generals. look, nothing that general petraeus has done will detract from his record. what happened is still a little confusing. the investigation done by the fbi, and they determined that there was no question of loyalty or national security compromise. and they stopped. there is another aspect to this, the whole question of suitability in conduct. you can be a patriot, but if you are habitually to excess, that can be a problem with access to classified material. somebody has got to make a suitability decision without conduct. the justice department withheld that, and i don't understand why they did. >> margaret? >> usually these affairs are down clandestinely until they are not. love is fleeting, gmail isn't. we should all
in florida to get 60% of the vote from hispanics and a larger percentage from african-americans, but you have to have a game plan and dedication and the resources and the commitment to show up, show respect and be there at all times, and i think that it can be done, but frankly, we need to change the scope of our energies and the scope of our commitments. >> you see, this is not an attempt by the republicans to do something and fail. it is the lack of the attempt of the republicans to do anything at all. the first state race, state race i ever worked on was the united states senate in seat in 1996. and i asked, you know, very naively, why don't we go to black churches? well, they will never vote for us. why don't we retreat to students and young people. they don't vote. well, here we are in 2012 and that is a completely different story and we have to make the attempt. >> but what i heard al say, and what president obama won because he promised free things and i don't want to misquote you there, but i'm not sure if it is promise of free things, because when i hear that people say that they vot
's for the people that certainly watch this show and follow politics, alan west has conceded now in florida. there'd been a two-week battle -- >> our long national nightmare is over. >> it's fascinating. alan west loses to a 29-year-old down in florida. he was one of the more combative republicans. >> some would say crazy. >> let's leave it now. >> we wouldn't say it. >> gone, but not forgotten. >> back, right? >> some also would say crazy there too. >> like i said, meltdown. >> keep a certain lunatic quotient up in congress. >> miles, please. >> if you ask me which poison i would take, i take increased indebtedness in the short-term, but to get the machine moving again and then deal with the other issues about long-term, how do we get more balanced budget? you can't afford, you can't afford for the machine to stop. >> it does seem like the most likely outcome, just from talking to people on both sides of this is they're going to push everything even further down the road. but they'll have some sort of bind to get there. john boehner, for instance, wants to do entitlement reform and tax reform in
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